1. What are the courses offered at Vector Institute?

Vector Institute offers both Long term and Short term courses.

Long Term Courses:

Course: Embedded Systems
Duration: 6 Months
Admission through All India Entrance Test

Course: VLSI
Duration: 5 Months
Admission through All India Entrance test

Short Term Courses:

C programming with data structures
Duration: 1.5 Months
Direct Admission

C++ programming
Duration: 1.5 Months
Direct Admission

C programming with data structures & C++
Duration: 2.5 Months
Direct Admission

8051 Micro Controller with 12 interfacings
Duration: 1.5 Months
Direct Admission

8085/86 Micro processor
Duration: 1.5 Months
Direct Admission

ARM
Duration: 1 Months
Direct Admission

RTOS
Duration: 1 week
Direct Admission

AVR
Duration: 4 weeks
Direct Admission

PIC
Duration: 4 weeks
Direct Admission

LINUX
Duration: 4 weeks
Direct Admission

ESYS LINUX
Duration: 4 weeks
Direct Admission

NETWORKING
Duration: 2-3 weeks
Direct Admission

DEVICE DRIVERS (PC LINUX)
Duration: 4 weeks
Direct Admission

DEVICE DRIVERS (ARM)
Duration: 4 weeks
Direct Admission

VHDL
Duration: 3-4 weeks
Direct Admission

VERILOG
Duration: 3-4 weeks
Direct Admission

 

2. What is Embedded Systems? Where is it Used?

Embedded systems are self-contained programs that are embedded within a piece of hardware. We can say it's a specialized computer system that is part of a larger system or machine. Typically, an embedded system is housed on a single microprocessor board with the programs stored in ROM. Embedded system can also be defined as a computer system that is created with optimal efficiency, thereby allowing it to complete specific functions as quickly as possible. Embedded systems microprocessors are programmed to automate certain tasks. Cell phones, computers, copiers, medical equipment, programmable logic controllers, and numerous other products rely on embedded systems. Real time embedded systems can be used to replace traditional software applications.

Embedded systems are used in any application or which requires certain level of automation or intelligence. As more and more intelligent devices make their way into our lives, the demand for embedded telecom will increase. In addition even in areas where telecom companies are in the grips of a slowdown, companies are not making cuts in introducing new features. 

The range is really very wide, limited only by human imagination," B J Ram Rao, CEO, eSmartNet (a division of Zicom Electronic Security Systems) admitted in a recent interview with Zeeindia. "I would think that, broadly, the embedded system application areas would be wireless, Internet and mobile communications, industrial control, test and measurement, networking, aerospace and automotive control, consumer electronics, digital imaging and defense."

 

3. What is the Scope of Embedded Systems?

Prof Sadagopan's Blog (Free Scale conference)
The demand side is in place; BEL, ECIL for Defense Electronics, BPL for Telecom, Videocon (after Thompson Picture Tubes plant acquisition, Videocon is the world's No 3 TV tube manufacturer) for consumer electronics, VXL for thin clients (No 3 globally, as per Gartner) are examples of Indian corporations; Motorola, Philips, Siemens, GE, Nokia, Samsung, Elcoteq, Flextronics are present and increasing their stake in India; that should take care of demand; of course the global demand is there too.

On the market side, with 2 million mobile consumers a month, mobile market is growing; TV, DVD, MP3, music, ring tones are growing everyday (Indians download million a day of paid ring tones @ Rs 6 (minimum)); with Narayana Hrudayalaya and others creating Healthcare Destination for the world (5,000 beds for heart surgery and shooting for 10% of global heart surgeries at Narayana Hrudayalaya alone), healthcare industry and imaging equipment is bound to grow; GE Wipro are working on a global product (Ultra sound, Laptop form factor, $ 1,000 price point device that would make ultra sound as common place as stethoscope for EVERY doctor). So there is a huge market
The Tribune April 19th 2006

Traditionally acknowledged for its software development capabilities, India is now exhibiting its competency in the chip design sector. Its booming semiconductor industry promises 3.5 million jobs by 2015, writes Aruna Padmanabhan(HR Manager in Freescale Semiconductor India Pvt Ltd)

Nasscom-Zinnov study

The Embedded Systems market in India has the potential to triple in size to about $14.4 billion in 2015 from $4.95 Billion in 2009 and the total addressable embedded system R&D global opportunity is expected to reach $89 billion by 2015 , according to a study by National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) in collaboration with Zinnov Management Consulting

Merrill Lynch report

A recent Merrill Lynch report on India IT services, places the revenues from core technology including revenues from high-end software development and hardware solutions for Indian software companies between $800 million and $1 billion in fiscal 2001 and $4 billion by 2005. Sure, the Indian IT players especially those operating in the embedded software, DSP and telecom industry have set their eyes clearly on the emerging hardware design services industry.

IDC report

According to an IDC report the international market as a whole expects product development worth $75 billion, which will require as many as 150,000 trained professionals in embedded systems development by the year 2005. While India is a known player in the software services space, the image of the country has been so far as a low-cost service provider. This is where embedded software development, which requires specialized skill sets, can make the difference. Not surprisingly, companies like Wipro, Sasken, Texas Instruments, L&T, Infosys, Siemens, Honeywell, Motorola, Agilent, Patni etc. are all getting into the race. It is a sector promising a fast track career, which is only for the brightest and the best.

The global embedded and telecom market today is worth one trillion dollars (Source: Gartner).

 

4.What is VLSI Design? Where is it used?

Very-large-scale integration (VLSI) is the process of creating integrated circuits by combining thousands of transistors into a single chip. VLSI began in the 1970s when complex semiconductor and communication technologies were being developed. The microprocessor is a VLSI device. This is the field which involves packing more and more logic devices into smaller and smaller areas. Thanks to VLSI, circuits that would have taken boardfuls of space can now be put into a small space few millimeters across! This has opened up a big opportunity to do things that were not possible before.

Integrated circuits are used in virtually all electronic equipment today and have revolutionized the world of electronics. Computers, mobile phones, Digital Cameras and other digital appliances are now inextricable parts of the structure of modern societies, made possible by the low cost of production of integrated circuits.

 

5.What is the Scope of VLSI Design?

India, with capabilities in very large scale integration (VLSI) design and software development, has potentially captured a larger share of the market by focusing on these markets. It is no wonder that almost all of the top 10 semiconductor vendors have established design centers in India. This has also contributed to the growth of the electronic design automation (EDA) industry in India. Leading Indian IT companies are also setting up product engineering and design services, partnering with global chip majors. Today’s engineers, therefore, have immense opportunities in developing integrated circuits (ICs); field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and systems-on-chips (SoCs), apart from typical software development.

Even the government sector has not lagged behind in terms of involvement with higher technology. Over 80 different types of ASICs have been designed and supplied to customers by DoE. The department has 26 projects on VLSI, involving an outlay of about Rs 160 million, to keep pace with the development. Much more manpower will be required in the future.

 

6.What is the eligibility to pursue Embedded systems & VLSI Design Courses?

BE/B.Tech (ECE,EEE,EIE,CSE,IT); MCA; MSc (CS, Electronics, Instrumentation, Physics with specialization in electronics); M.Tech (Electronics, CS).

 

7.Why VECTOR Institute for Embedded Systems & VLSI Training?

We teach basics and underlying concepts of Embedded Systems in detail, and provide real-time experience to students. This will help each student to not only understand the concept, but also the knowledge of applying concepts in real time situation. Our Embedded Systems & VLSI courses provide complete practical knowledge to students, and makes students ready for placement with Embedded and VLSI industry.
  
To make the Embedded Systems course full-fledged and complete we have included modules like Object Oriented Concepts with C++, RT-Linux with porting on ARM, 4 mini projects and one major project

We cover the Micro controllers in great depth: Intel 8051 and ARM 9 series. In addition we go for the hardware interfacing in detail.

To meet the latest industry requirements we have included in the course content ARM microcontrollers, Version control tools, and GSM.
Our continuous liaison with Embedded industry has enabled us to know their expectations of each candidate. So, our highly experienced faculties have made sure that our students come out as industry ready professionals.

We have dedicated placement cell to take care of the placements and to make sure that the students are placed at the best possible places. Rapid Placements is yet another asset at VECTOR. From June 2013 to June 2014 we have had 207 companies , and more are expected to attend the Campus Placement process.

 

8. Admission procedure followed at Vector Institute for training in to long term courses?

The admission in to Embedded Sys and VLSI design course is through an All India Entrance Exam conducted quarterly in 23 cities all over India. Candidates have to visit the website for the exam dates and register online.
Working professionals with Relevant Experience are eligible for Direct Admission.

9. Where should I write the test? Is there any fee for the Admission test?

  • No fee is collected for Admission Test
  • The All India Entrance Test is conducted around 23 centers across India.
  • Agra, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Ghaziabad, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, New Delhi, Nagpur, Pune, Raipur, Tirupathi, Trivendrum, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam.
  • The complete test center address will be mentioned on the Admit Card (Hall Ticket).

 

10.What is the Syllabus for Admission Test? Is there any negative marking?

The test Syllabus for Embedded Sys course is:
(Only Objective Type Questions)

  • Basics of C programming
  • Microprocessor 8085/ 8086
  • Digital electronics
  • General Aptitude

The test Syllabus for VLSI Design course is:
(Both Subjective & Objective Type Questions)

  • Analog & Digital Electronics
  • Microprocessor 8085/ 8086
  • Network Analysis

Yes, there is negative marking. 0.5 marks are deducted for every incorrect
answer.

11. Is there any scholarship awarded to best performers in the Entrance Test?

Special Discounts for Qualified candidates with 70% marks and above in the Final Degree or Gate Score. 50 percentile is to be secured by the candidate to get Qualified in the Entrance Test.

Entrance Test Score

Final Degree Percentage

Fee Scholarship

80% and Above

55 % and above

50 %

70% to 79.9%

55 % and above

25 %

50% to 69.9%

70 % and above

10 %

 

12. What is the procedure for seat confirmation for Local & Non local candidates? Is the fee paid Refundable?

Candidates in the local areas can directly contact the Administrative office for the admissions process. Non local candidates can send a DD in favor of Vector India pvt Ltd, Hyderabad. Fee once paid is Non Refundable and Non Transferable.  
   

13. Faculty at Vector?

Director : Mr Raju V Dandu  with more than a decade of rich industry experience in the Embedded (Product development) & Automation domain. He has the distinction of having worked with best resources and having developed high-end embedded products for Topnotch Fortune 500 companies and scientific organizations like: DRDL, Dalmir Chrysler, Ford, and many other automobile giants.

Technical Director: Mr P.S. Rao has more than two decades  of experience in the IT Industry (Embedded, Web technologies and Aerospace). He worked in DRDL and various foreign organizations as scientist.
He has worked on various technologies and has been involved in the development of high precision products, using cutting edge technologies. He has the distinction of having worked on various defense/ aero-space projects.

Mr Samir Panda has been in product development and worked on several projects for over 5 years. 
 
Mr Sashank has been in our development team and worked on several projects for over 4 years 
 
All the faculty members at VECTOR Institute are real time professionals who are currently working with major companies and take classes on specific domains of their specialization. It is these people who bring in the industry experience & expertise to the class room.

14. What is the Training Procedure followed at Vector Institute?

    • High Quality practical/ application oriented training
    • Industry accepted course content
    • Lab with 1:1 system ratio
    • 6- Days a week, theory (1½ - 2 hrs) and 3hrs of practical sessions
    • Daily theory and Lab assignments
    • Alternate week theory & lab exams
    • Module wise theory and lab exams
    • Technical Mock Interviews, Soft skills Training, Project guidance.

The ultimate Result of the 6 months training period is solid exposure in key aspects of embedded programming & VLSI Design leading to an Industry Ready Professional.

 

15. What are the Placement Opportunities provided to the students pursuing the course at Vector Institute?

Placement Assistance is provided only for the long term courses.

VECTOR has a dedicated & ever improving placement record through 100% genuine placement assistance and lateral placements with operations in Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Noida and Hyderabad. Vector has achieved a remarkable of 207 MNC’s campus visits from June 2013 to June 2014. 6.8 Lakhs Per Annum is the highest package received so far and maintaining an average of 2.5 – 3.0 Lakhs Per Annum.

16. What is the eligibility criterion for placements?

Candidates must meet the following criteria to be eligible for placement assistance.

CRITERIA

ELIGIBILITY

Attendance

75% and above in Lab & Theory Classes

Weekly/ Module Theory and Lab Exams

40% and above in each

Mock Interview & Assessment Interview

Recommendation (Mandatory)

The eligibility criteria decided by the participating companies has to be met. Companies look for minimum cut off percentage in final Degree, Internal assessment Tests, Interviews during the course. The overall performance in the Internal Exams, Technical & HR mock interviews are considered as the short listing criteria for placements.
 
Some companies also look for strong academic performance throughout career. Candidates having 60% and above in the final degree and clearing the internal assessment tests/ Interviews are the ones eligible for majority companies.

 

17. Placement Opportunities for Backlog students & 8th semester students. 

Students with backlogs can pursue the course, but should have their Back Logs cleared to be eligible for the placements. 8th semester students will be eligible for the placements after the completion of their final degree.

 

18. What are the year wise placement opportunities? Is there any difference in opportunity when compared to the previous year passouts with the current year?

As compared to the current year/ previous year passouts - candidates who passed out 2-3years back will have fewer opportunities in Campus. The older the year of passing the lesser the campus opportunities.

 

19. I do not have 60% in my Final Degree. What is the scope of placements?

Candidates without 60% in final degree will not be eligible for top R&D centers. They still will have chance with other companies.

 

20. Does VECTOR Offer Job Guarantee?

No, we do not offer any job guarantee; people must not assume that by enrolling to the course will entitle them for a job. It will require lots of dedicated effort on the part of candidates to clear through the Placement Interviews held by the companies visiting Campus Placements.
VECTOR Institute makes sincere efforts to provide each student the right Embedded skill set, with which, each student is sure to be successful in Campus Placement Interviews, and come out with a well-paid job offer.

There are many institutes/ individuals trying to trap students by mentioning Job Guarantee in their advertisement/ interaction. They use it as a carrot to lure desperate students. People should be aware of falling in such traps.

21. Is the Certificate issued after the completion of course?

Yes, at the end of the course the candidates will be provided with Merit/Course completion Certificates provided they have the eligibility in terms of attendance and internal assessments.

 

22. Accommodation for Out Station candidates?
      
Hostels and paying guest accommodations are available in vicinity of the Institute, for both boys & girls. 
The cost of these accommodations with food ranges from 3300/- to 3800/-. The over all living cost in Hyderabad is cheaper as compared to other metros. 

23. What is the Difference between Vector’s Hyderabad and Bangalore training centers?

  • Vector is a single entity following: 1-school 2-campus model
  • We have common admission, placement cell, and common pool of faculty, lab work, tests, materials etc.
  • The 2-campuses are located at Hyderabad, Bangalore to cater to the local student pool & for their easy access and convenience.

 

24. Difference between Embedded Systems and VLSI design Course, Placement Opportunities etc?

VLSI deals with design aspects of chip covering digital front-end/ back-end. Whereas Embedded sys deals with utilizing the custom chips, designing supporting circuits, interfacing with peripherals, writing driver software, other required communication & GUI applications to design a complete end user useable product/ device.

The requirements in VLSI are relatively lower as it’s a design field and the criteria are stringent in terms of knowledge, over all academic performance of the candidate. However the requirements are quite high in Embedded Systems as it is a multi-disciplinary domain and its usage is on the rise in various domains from Medicine to satellite communication and from automobile to mobile phones.

The ratio of number of companies visiting for campus in VLSI: Embedded is 1:10.
Only those candidates with strong academic career and very strong electronics branch core concepts must opt for VLSI domain.

 
25. What do we expect from Students pursuing the Course at Vector Institute?

Students should be regular to the classes & exams conducted during the course duration and utmost discipline is expected in the premises.
 
The Additional efforts required from students during the course duration are:

  • Rigorous Lab practice
  • Good Communication skills, Explanatory skills & Programming skills
  • Knowledge on Aptitude & Branch core subjects.
 
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